Isolated and quarantined: For many of us this is the new reality of COVID-19. In deafblindness, however, touch is central to contact and interaction.
So we meet – we meet and touch each other as needed with all possible hygienic protective measures. We exchange mails and take a stand with the recommendations of the World Federation of the Deafblind WFDB for inclusive policies regarding COVID-19. And we use all technical possibilities to maintain contact and communication at a distance. And once again we realize that despite all the great progress that has been made, there is still a lot to be done in this respect, for example with regard to making these means of accessibility accessible worldwide.
A very important step in this direction is the international recognition of deafblindness as a unique and distinct disability. This is one reason why it needs us, needs us together. Together we are and co-create Deafblind International, together we are THE point of connection in deafblindness worldwide.
Even now: We’re planning a webinar around the theme Living with Deafblindness in a New Reality. It will be available during the Deafblind Awareness Week from 22-26 June, 2020.
We also continue the planning for the next international conference: The 1st African Conference of DbI, in Nairobi, Kenya, October 6-8 2021. The conference is also a celebration of our community, when touch will once again be safer. The flyer invites: Save the date right now!
And finally, perhaps the time now is a good reason to join our community. Become a member and help us to make a difference for persons with deafblindness worldwide. In good times and in bad.
Thank you so much. And: Meet you again!